The Argonauts of ’49: Class, Gender, and Partnership in Bret Harte’s West

  title={The Argonauts of ’49: Class, Gender, and Partnership in Bret Harte’s West},
  author={Matthew Watson},
  journal={Western American Literature},
  pages={33 - 53}
  • M. Watson
  • Published 4 October 2017
  • History
  • Western American Literature
In "The Iliad of Sandy Bar," a tale Bret Harte published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1870, the "Amity C laim" bestows untold riches upon Matthew Scott and Henry York, two California mining partners. 1 These two men, "whose amiability and grave tact had earned for them the title of 'The Peacemakers,' in a community not greatly given to the passive virtues," were, Harte explains, "singularly devoted to each other" (87). A violent quarrel between the partners (presumably concerning the ir rival… 
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